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Books to read to, and discuss with, your Kids – Books Recommendations – 05/31/12

Posted on: Thursday, May 31st, 2012

This week’s blog talked about the importance of having conversations with your child.  The books we’re recommending this week are for younger kids so parents can read to their kids and then have a conversation about what the book is about.  And, by reading to your child, you are adding the benefit of modeling reading which is important and will help your child develop a love of reading.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems is for kids 2 and up.  “PreSchool-Grade 2-A brilliantly simple book that is absolutely true to life, as anyone who interacts with an obdurate three-year-old can attest.  The bus driver has to leave for a while, and he makes one request of readers: “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus.”  It’s the height of common sense, but the driver clearly knows this determined pigeon and readers do not-yet.  “Hey, can I drive the bus?” asks the bird, at first all sweet reason, and then, having clearly been told no by readers, he begins his ever-escalating, increasingly silly bargaining.  “I tell you what: I’ll just steer,” and “I never get to do anything,” then “No fair!  I bet your mom would let me.”  In a wonderfully expressive spread, the pigeon finally loses it, and, feathers flying and eyeballs popping, screams “LET ME DRIVE THE BUS!!!” in huge, scratchy, black-and-yellow capital letters.  The driver returns, and the pigeon leaves in a funk-until he spies a huge tractor trailer, and dares to dream again.  Like David Shannon’s No, David (Scholastic, 1998), Pigeon is an unflinching and hilarious look at a child’s potential for mischief.  In a plain palette, with childishly elemental line drawings, Willems has captured the essence of unreasonableness in the very young.  The genius of this book is that the very young will actually recognize themselves in it.  Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.”  Review from Amazon.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud is for kids 2 and up.  “Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love.  Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves.”  Review from Amazon.

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